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Just a Thought – I Saw Three ‘Ships Go Sailing by on Christmas Day in Morning

Just a Thought – I Saw Three ‘Ships Go Sailing by on Christmas Day in Morning

How do you define a friend? Why do you keep one or lose one? While these questions may come up at any time of the year, they can get pretty crunchy over the holidays - Sending cards, party invites, who to gift; all that can get weighty if you feel the need to be Santa. Have they been naughty or nice? I'm charmed by the slang I got from my older daughter, who calls relationships and friendships [...]

Just A Thought – About Last Night …

Just A Thought – About Last Night …

I was not surprised by the election results. As I roll back through all the letters to the editor and all the comments over the last few months, there is a pretty clear pattern to see.The louder the protest, the weaker the results. It isn't as if virtue has triumphed and evil has been vanquished - or vice versa. Local elections bring out local passions, and it's great that people were so [...]

Just a Thought – Who to Vote For

Just a Thought – Who to Vote For

While it's been a big part of our election process for the candidates to gather endorsements, I hold off until the end of the race. At this point, there are two types of voters in Culver City; those who know exactly who they are voting for and wouldn't change their minds for the world, and those who have some idea that there is an election about something. The second group is large, and lots [...]

Just a Thought – Yellow Pages

Just a Thought – Yellow Pages

It seems we are more important, more interesting and more powerful than we know. When something as trivial as a school board race in a small city is bringing in outside influences, it's a sign that there is more here than meets the eye. For months, there has been a flurry of yellow pages - not the absurdly outdated telephone information manual, but a one-sheet of propaganda directed against a [...]

Just a Thought – Down on the Pharma

Just a Thought – Down on the Pharma

As I left the Emergency Room, I was almost laughing - I had a prescription for my hypertension, another prescription to medicate the side effects of the first prescription, and a third prescription for everyone's favorite painkillers. Big Pharma overdoes it again. It wasn't that I suddenly got sick; it was that I realized I'd been sick for a long time, and I was now at the crisis point. I've [...]

Just a Thought – Going Into Labor

Just a Thought – Going Into Labor

Organized Labor is a good thing. Abuse of power is a bad thing. So, what should the response be when the good thing does the bad thing? It's Labor Day, for heaven's sake, and we should all be having a picnic and giving thanks for the wonderful life that was created by the people who worked so hard to get unions for workers. The eight hour day, the 40 hour week - they weren't gifts from [...]

Just a Thought – You Have Brains in Your Head, You Have Feet in Your Shoes

Just a Thought – You Have Brains in Your Head, You Have Feet in Your Shoes

Don't even touch those car keys. If you are getting your children to school on Monday morning, you have three options - walking, biking, or insanity. We love the new field, the solar panels, all the great things going on at the school complex. What we do not love is the traffic. It's always been bad. Monday morning it will be much worse. As we pretty much knew would happen, the end of the [...]

Just A Thought – What News? Patch Can’t Hold, CC News Axes Editor

Just A Thought – What News? Patch Can’t Hold, CC News Axes Editor

As the great Molly Ivins once advised "Never take a vacation in August." The news business might seem to be slow, but there's always at least one good story around. For Culver City, it's the news about the news business. Patch is just about over, and the Culver City News has fired another editor. While we need to remember that these are just the most recent symptoms, the cause of all the [...]

Just a Thought – Springboard

Just a Thought – Springboard

It's unprecedented to revisit an op-ed on this page, but it seems the moment has arrived when it's important to do so. When the people I expect to disagree with me disagree with me, I don't spend much time wondering why. When the people who generally agree with me agree with me, it's not news. When the people who I rely on to give me an accurate reflection tell me I'm way off, then it's [...]

Just a Thought – Swan Dive

Just a Thought – Swan Dive

While it will take a few months for him to hit the rocks - November to be precise - it seems that Karlo Silbiger has gone and done just what we pleaded with him not to do; Political suicide. Monday's School Board meeting saw an almost pointless exercise in power - hey look what I can do - to stop a popular bond measure from proceeding forward. But it has assured Karlo that his run for [...]

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